Caribbean Weather and Climate
Below you will find information about the climate and the best time to travel to the Caribbean holiday destination. We divide the destination into the following regions: Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts Nevis, Sint Eustatius, Saba, St. Maarten, Saint-Barthélemy, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas and Cayman Islands.
In the following you will find a quick overview of the climate of all regions, you can also switch to the respective detail pages where you can find precise climate information including climate tables and diagrams for temperatures, precipitation and more.
In addition, we have evaluated all measured values and give a recommendation for each region of the Caribbean travel destination which months are best for a vacation from a climatic point of view.
General and geography
The Caribbean is a popular holiday region in the tropical west of the Atlantic. The area is counted to Central America and covers an area of about 220,000 square kilometers in the so-called Caribbean Sea.
The Caribbean stretches from the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula in a triangle down to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela in South America.
According to current estimates, around 42 million people live on the Caribbean islands, of which around 70% use Spanish and around 25% English as their main language. In addition to French and Dutch, numerous dialects and mixed languages of Creole and Caribbean are represented.
The largest Caribbean islands are Cuba and Hispaniola, on which the two neighboring states Haiti and the Dominican Republic are located. Followed by the Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico as well as the sister islands Trinidad and Tobago.
The Caribbean is generally divided into the following areas: Greater Antilles (including Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic), Lesser Antilles (including Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, Curaçao), the Open Atlantic (including Bahamas, Turks and Caicos) and the western Caribbean (including Cozumel in Mexico).
Climate in the Caribbean
Due to the large extent of the Caribbean, there are regional differences, especially with regard to wind conditions and the risk of hurricanes. Basically, the climate of the Caribbean can be described as tropical to subtropical. There are therefore only minor temperature fluctuations and no ordinary seasons.
For most of the Caribbean islands, the European winter and spring are the ideal travel times. We have broken down the individual climate tables and information on the best travel time for each individual island separately and in great detail.